Frequently Asked Questions
A Bridge to NYU Tandon frequently asked questions and answers regarding admission and enrollment, tuition and payment, curriculum, support, and how to pursue a Master's degree.
- Is a STEM background required to apply for the Bridge program?
A stem-background is not required. Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. If you are admitted to the course and do not have a stem background we recommend preparing by brushing up on some college algebra, and some exposure to programming is helpful. In the course you will be programming in C++, but a simple language like Python will help you get familiar with the notion of programming, and can be learned outside of the classroom using free online resources such as Coursera or YouTube.
- How do I enroll in the Bridge Program?
For admitted students, the details to accept your offer will be included in your admission email. Once you accept your offer you will be automatically enrolled in the course. You will receive an email notice from your professors once your course is available (usually the day or day before the start of the course). Before you can access your course you will be enrolled in Orientation, and will receive more information about this once you've accepted your offer. Visit the Bridge How to Apply page for more details.
- I wasn’t able to attach all my documents to the Bridge application. What next?
If this happened to you while you were completing the application, please email the documents to us at email@example.com and we’ll be able to attach them to your application.
- I did not receive a confirmation email when submitting my application, is that normal?
If you did not receive any emails, not to worry. It may have been an error on our side. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 646-997-3623 and we can confirm that your application successfully was submitted.
- I’m already an NYU student. Do I still need to submit an application to participate in the Bridge Program?
Yes, an application is required of everyone who wishes to apply to the Bridge Program.
- What are the minimum admission requirements for this Bridge Program?
A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, which includes a minimum of four years of full-time study (120 credits). Applicants whose transcripts are not from the United States must provide English translated and evaluated versions of their transcripts that are on a US 4.0 GPA Scale.
- If I can’t enroll in the semester I was admitted to, what are my options?
Bridge students may choose to defer their enrollment before a course has begun, or within the deferment period at the beginning of the course. Full deferral details can be found on the How to Defer or Withdraw page.
- When will I find out the decision of my Bridge application?
Applicants will be notified of their admission decisions for their Bridge application about 6-8 weeks after the application deadline has passed. Applications are reviewed after the deadline date has passed and not on a rolling basis.
- If I wish to withdraw from the Bridge program, am I able to do so?
Bridge students may choose to withdraw their enrollment before a course has begun, or within the withdrawal period at the beginning of the course. Students who withdraw after the withdrawal period will be liable for the full cost of the course. Full withdrawal details can be found on the How to Defer or Withdraw page.
- If I withdraw from the Bridge course and wish to enroll again in a future semester, am I able to do that?
Students who withdraw must submit a new application. Admission to the program is not guaranteed if you withdrew from the course and apply again.
- If I fail the Bridge course, can I re-enroll in the future?
Should you fail the Bridge to Tandon program and would like to re-enroll, you would have to submit a new application and be considered as a new applicant to the program.
- Do I need a Visa to enroll in the Bridge program?
No, because the program is online, admitted students do not need to worry about acquiring a Visa to enroll in the course.
- My undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. Is there a chance I can be admitted to the Bridge program?
Our Admissions Committee looks at each application holistically, which means that your GPA, courses, work experience, statement of purpose are all taken into account.
- Can I apply for the Bridge course and an MS program in the same semester?
Should you wish to apply to a qualifying MS program you should submit your MS application while you are enrolled in the Bridge course. You should complete your MS application except for the GRE. Your MS application will be put on hold until you complete the Bridge course. If you complete the course with a B+ or better the GRE will be waived. Please see our Bridge - Master’s page for the next available Master’s semester to apply to.
- Can I switch from the 17 week to the 24 week bridge course, and vice versa?
Same semester swap details can be found on the How to Defer or Withdraw page.
- Can I make a change to my Bridge application?
If you believe that you have made a mistake in your Bridge application, contact our office by email at email@example.com or by phone at 646-997-3623 and we can assist you in modifying your Bridge application.
Tuition and Payment
- How much does the Bridge Program cost?
- Winter 2020 17-week course: Cost $1500
- Winter 2020 24-week course: Cost $1500
- Spring 2020 24-week course: Cost $1500
- Summer 2020 17-week course: Cost $1850
- Summer 2020 24-week course: Cost $1850
*Please note: the cost of the course is subject to change at any time. View the Bridge to Tandon Tuition Cost Disclaimer for additional details. Starting in Summer 2020 the cost of the course will increase to $1850.
- Does this program qualify for any scholarships or financial aid?
Unfortunately, the Bridge program does not currently qualify for any scholarships or financial aid.
- How do I pay my tuition bill?
Your tuition bill will generate on the NYU Albert system. For more details, visit the Billing and Payment page.
- Am I able to receive a refund if I change my mind after enrolling in the Bridge Program?
You are financially liable for the course once you accept your offer. If you submit the defer / withdraw form by the deadline included in your Enrollment Agreement your tuition will be dropped or refunded.
After the deadline has passed the cost of the course is non-refundable.
- Do I get a refund if I fail to complete the course?
There is no refund issued unless you defer or withdraw before the Defer / Withdraw deadline for your course.
- Does this program qualify for a payment plan?
Yes, Bridge students will have access to sign up for a payment plan. The Bridge to Tandon Payment Plan option allows Bridge students to pay their tuition in increments of 50%, 25%, and 25%. More information about signing up and payment dates will be shared with you after you accept your offer of admission.
- Is this a credit or noncredit course offering?
The Bridge Program is a noncredit course offering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
- Will I receive a certificate of completion at the end of this program?
Certificates are issued to individuals who receive a grade of C, C+, B-, B, B+, A-, A, A+. For those who receive a B+ or higher, the Certificate will say "with Distinction". The Bridge to Tandon course is a non-credit course.
- I have no background in any of the STEM disciplines. Will I still be able to succeed in this Bridge Program?
While your Bachelor’s Degree does not need to be from a program in the STEM field, we generally look for students who have some previous academic experience in College Level Algebra, Discrete Math, and Intro to Python.
- Will this program teach me to code?
The program is designed to teach computer science fundamentals and increase aptitude and knowledge in preparation for pursuing a Master of Science. Ideally, a master’s in computer science will enhance previously learned material and provide Bridge students with a complimentary set of skills across disciplines.
- Can I participate in this program and still work full time?
This program is akin to taking three courses simultaneously. While it is possible to work full time and complete the program, you should be aware that students have said that taking the 17-week course requires 30 to 40 hours per week to finish well. Some students who work full time were unable to complete the program due to time constraints. The 24-week course would provide the same content but in a slower pace that would make the program more accessible to students pressed for time.
- Is this program offered on-campus?
The Bridge Program is currently only available online.
- Where do I access the courses?
To access your course, you will use the Learning Management System of NYU known as NYUClasses. Your course site can be accessed by visiting newclasses.nyu.edu.
- I’ve never taken an online course before, what should I expect? How is the course structured?
The Bridge course is composed of a combination of asynchronous and synchronous material, allowing you the flexibility to complete coursework on your schedule and the support to discuss course topics in real time with your Professor and classmates. The course will have lesson plans, reading materials, forums, interactive modules, quizzes, and exams. You will also have access to our virtual classrooms held via webinar for live lessons and peer-to-peer engagement.
Prior to the start of the course, you will be enrolled in an orientation course which will guide you through the skills you need to succeed in an online course and teach you the tools you’ll use in your Bridge course.
- Is the content for the Bridge Program always available?
Yes, the course content is always available. You are able to watch the lectures within a window related to the assignment from anywhere with internet access.
- How do I communicate with my instructor and classmates?
Class communication can take place in numerous ways, such as emails, forums, chats, webinar or Skype.
- How do I take my exams?
Exams are held in the NYU Classes platform. Exams are proctored using the ProctorU service.
- How do I submit my assignments and projects?
Assignments with due dates will be announced weekly in our NYU Classes platform by your professor. Projects can be uploaded to the NYU Classes platform, under the Assignments section.
- What is the difference between the 17 week and 24 week course?
Both courses will contain the same content and offer the same benefits if successfully completed, with the only difference being the duration of the course. The 17-week accelerated course requires students to study 30-40 hours per week. The 24-week standard course requires students to study 20-30 hours per week. Please note that some students have had to commit more time to the course than the above estimation of weekly study while others have had to do less. Each student is different and as such, your learning time may differ from another student's.
- How is grading done in the Bridge course? Is it on a curved basis?
No, your grade is based directly on your scores from homework, quizzes, and exams.
- Will my GPA in the Bridge course affect my GPA in the Master’s Program?
No. Because the Bridge course is a non-credit offering, it will not be calculated into the GPA of any of your for-credit courses at NYU.
- What are the hardware, software or Internet requirements for this program?
Please see the NYU Tandon Online Computer Requirements page.
- Is there someone I can call for tech support?
NYU has a 24/7 Help desk. You can reach them by calling 212-998-3333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Should you have any content issues with the course, you should reach the NYU Tandon Online Office by emailing email@example.com or call 646-997-3623.
- Will I have access to a NYU Email address or NYU Google Apps?
Yes, Bridge students will have access to an NYU email address and the full suite of NYU Google Apps.
Certificates are issued to individuals who receive a grade of C, C+, B-, B, B+, A-, A, A+. For those who receive a B+ or higher, the Certificate will say "with Distinction." The Bridge to Tandon course is a non-credit course.
Master's Degree Admission
- Upon completion, how do I continue into the master’s degree program?
All Bridge students who wish to apply for a master’s degree are required to submit a formal application. For details please see the Bridge - Master’s page.
- Am I guaranteed admission to an NYU Graduate program upon completing the Bridge?
Students who receive a B+ or higher are eligible to be admitted, and receive a GRE waiver for NYU Tandon’s master’s in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Cybersecurity, and Computer Engineering. Students who receive a C or higher are eligible to be admitted and receive a GRE waiver for CUSP’s Applied Urban Science and Informatics. All graduate applicants must submit an application and meet the graduate admission requirements for the program they apply to. For details please see the Bridge - Master’s page.
- My undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. Is there a chance I can be admitted to a Master’s program?
Our Admissions Committee looks at each application holistically, which means that your work experience, letters of recommendation, GRE scores (if required), and statement of purpose are all taken into account. If you complete the Bridge program and your GPA is below the minimum requirement, the university will still evaluate your application.
- I am not interested in obtaining a master's degree; may I still do the Bridge Program?
The curriculum was developed to provide a strong foundation for non-technical students to successfully acquire core computer science competencies in preparation of pursuing a master’s degree. Given the time commitment and dedication required, students interested in obtaining a graduate degree are best suited for this program.
- Should I complete the Bridge Program before applying and awaiting acceptance into the master's program or may I do both concurrently?
You should submit your master’s application while you are in the Bridge program for the next available master’s degree available to apply for using your Bridge grade. Your Master’s application will be put on hold until you’ve completed the Bridge course. If you do not wish to apply to the next master’s available you can use your Bridge grade of a B+ or better toward any future master’s degree for our qualifying programs. For relevant dates and deadlines please see the Bridge - Master’s page.
- When do I need to submit in my documents for the Master’s Degree program?
Bridge students must apply to an MS semester that starts after their Bridge course ends. For relevant dates and deadlines please see the Bridge - Master’s page.
- Can I use my success in the Bridge course to get into any other Master’s Degree programs at NYU besides the ones listed online?
No, the Bridge course cannot be used as an equivalency course towards admission to any other Master’s Degrees at NYU. For qualifying programs please see the Bridge - Master’s page.
- I was rejected from the Master’s Degree program even though I am a current bridge applicant or student. Why was this?
This may have been an administrative error on our side. You can reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 646-997-3623 to let us know and we can make the proper changes to your application to ensure it is reviewed with your grade from the Bridge course included.
- Do I need to take the GRE after completing the Bridge program?
Bridge students who receive a B+ or higher will have their GRE waived should they apply to NYU Tandon’s Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Cybersecurity, and Computer Engineering master’s degree programs. Bridge tudents who receive a C or higher will have their GRE waived should they apply to NYU’s Applied Urban Science and Informatics master’s degree. All graduate applicants must submit an application and meet the graduate admission requirements for the program they apply to. For details please see the Bridge - Master’s page.
For students who do not meet these requirements the GRE will be required in order to complete your master’s degree application, unless you qualify for a GRE waiver. For more details please see the GRE/GMAT Requirements page.